By NECIA P. SEAMONS
Citizen staff writer
Mother Nature backed off and the cast of “If These Walls Could Talk” delivered an entertaining performance of the Oneida Stake Academy’s inspiring history to a large audience Saturday night. The building itself looked spectacular in stage lights.
Several spectators expressed interest in an encore performance, but board members of the Oneida Stake Academy Foundation did not want to schedule over Franklin County Fair events, which begin this week.
The story led the audience from the clip-clop of horses’ hooves to the “auuugah” of a Model T Ford and the roar of muscle cars. It followed a grandfather trying to connect with his digitally minded grandson, a father hoping to inspire his rambunctious young family and a young man proposing to his sweetheart, as they recalled the meaningful events of the people who built and attended the school. When each group unexpectedly met in the Oneida Stake Academy ballroom, they discovered that sometimes walls can talk.
One of the messages writer Cecelie Costley and director Dani Dunn shared through the pageant was the capacity people have to accomplish grand things when they work together.
“A fabulous reminder of the importance of where we come from and the sacrifices made. This show was wonderful!” wrote Adrienne Alvey on her facebook page.
Dozens and dozens of Franklin County residents brought those messages to life as they acted, organized, collected and created props and performed for the pageant.
This story is sponsored by Northern Utah Rehabilitation Hospital.
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